No one ever really leaves WWE permanently, as evidenced by the fact that Shawn Michaels is set to make his return at WWE Crown Jewel. However, there are plenty of people who leave WWE and seem content to never return to the ring as a competitor, like … well, Shawn Michaels right up until it was announced he is set to make his return at WWE Crown Jewel.
Batista is a little different in that he seems like he actively wants to return to the ring, but he and WWE are never quite able to come to an agreement on how a return will go. Of course, he returned to WWE back in 2013-14, but since then, we haven’t seen The Animal in the squared circle, despite the fact that he said there’s a constant discussion happening between himself and the company.
But as it turns out, his hiatus might be coming to an end in a big way. A few days after it was announced that he’s slated to come back for Smackdown 1000 as part of an Evolution reunion, a rumor from Barnburner’s No Holds Barred podcast implies that this won’t be a one-time deal.
“Batista may be signing a short-term deal with WWE at SmackDown to possibly appear at Survivor Series, Royal Rumble, and WrestleMania,” the podcast claimed, per The Sun.
As the saying goes, the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry, so until this is official and Batista’s name is signed on a dotted line somewhere, the potential for this to fall through exists. Still, he’s obviously someone who enjoys being in WWE, so it’ll be cool to see him back if he’s indeed sticking around for Survivor Series and WrestleMania season.